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Keith woman who stamped on man's head could have killed victim, court hears

By Court Reporter

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A 21-YEAR-OLD Keith woman who stamped on the head of a distant relative was told she could have killed the man.

Sheriff Sara Matheson criticised Cerys Bewick, of Langstane Lane, when she appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

She had previously pleaded guilty to the assault to the danger of life which occurred in Elgin's High Street on May 11, 2019. Sentence was deferred for a background report.

A co-accused, Jamie Dunbar, of Milton Drive, Buckie, had been jailed for 10 months when he appeared last year and admitted a similar offence.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said: "They had been socialising in various licensed premises in Elgin city centre when they met. They had an argument and Bewick fell over.

"Her co-accused thought she had been assaulted. CCTV shows her getting to her feet and stamping on the victim's head twice.

"A CT scan showed no significant injuries," Mr Weir added.

Defence solicitor Matthew O'Neill said: "Why she got involved she can't explain. Her falling to the ground had nothing to do with the victim. There was a misunderstanding and she reacted.

"She doesn't appear to be someone who will be bothering the courts."

Ordering Bewick to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work as an alternative to prison, Sheriff Matheson told her: "Stamping on someone's head is brutal and could have led to death."

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